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General Paediatrics training is conducted as run-through training starting at ST1-level, and running up until the trainee obtains their Certificate of Completion of Training, or CCT. The training is comprised of three distinct levels – ST 1-3, ST 4-5, and ST 6-8.

Overview of Paediatrics Training

Level 1 training provides trainees with a basic knowledge of Paediatrics and Child Health. Trainees gain experience in Acute General, Neonatal and Community Paediatrics.

The Royal College of Paediatrics (RCPCH) is planning to introduce a run-through training programme by 2021 that comprises two levels: Core Paediatrics and Specialty Paediatrics. Core Paediatrics training will include General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Integrated Care, Public Health, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and lasts four years.

During Core Paediatrics training, all trainees will spend at least 12 months working in Paediatrics at tier 2 level (middle grade). They will primarily work in General Paediatrics, but may also work in Neonatology or Community Child Health.

Trainees must pass the MRCPCH theory examinations before they can participate in the Tier 2 rota, and they must obtain the full MRCPCH before completing Core Paediatrics.

Core Curriculum

The RCPCH has developed a new curriculum that will be in use from August 2018. There are 11 core learning outcomes for Level 1 trainees, and they should achieve all of these. Each learning outcome also has mandatory Key Capabilities, drawn from the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities. Trainees must show they have achieved the Key Capabilities in their ePortfolio.

The syllabi supporting the curriculum will be available by the end of January 2018.

Generic Learning Outcomes for Level 1 Trainees

Professional Values and Behaviours, and Professional Knowledge

– GPCs 1 and 3

Trainees must maintain confidentiality, but should judge when disclosure may be necessary for safeguarding purposes. They should also be aware of the differences between legislation and the health services within the UK.

Professional Skills Communication – GPC 2

Trainees should be able to develop effective relationships with children and their families, but also their colleagues. They should be able to show they have effective listening skills, as well as awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences. They should keep clear, legible, and accurate written and digital medical records.

Leadership and Team Working – GPC 5

Trainees should recognise why leadership and team working are important. They should work constructively within their team and value the contributions made by others. They should also develop skills in personal leadership.

Patient Safety, Including Safe Prescribing – GPC 6

Trainees should establish the importance of safe prescribing. They should be able to prescribe medication that is in common use in an appropriate manner. They should recognise when patients have been exposed to a risk, and be able to escalate whilst following local protocols.


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